Long-running drama series Criminal Minds to end after 15 seasons

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Criminal Minds, one of television's longest-running procedurals, is coming to an end.

Criminal Minds is now shooting its 15-episode 14th season, and will stay in production to complete the remaining episodes.

After the long-running show didn't receive an early Season 14 pick-up previous year (though it did eventually get renewed for a shorter episode order), fans suspected this could be the CBS procedural's swan song.

That's some rarified air "Criminal Minds" has found itself in.

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"We have one in the works right now who's a very memorable villain, but I don't want to say too much if it doesn't work out with casting", Messer shared. "We are so proud to have aired it", Amy Reisenbach, CBS' EVP current programs told the outlet. However, Patinkin called appearing on Criminal Minds "the biggest public mistake I ever made" after his Season 2 departure and criticized the show's violent content, so it seems unlikely he'd be eager to return. "I would love to be able to see this brand live on for a very long time".

According to Deadline, the network has decided that it will use the abridged season to wrap up all the series' loose ends before sending them off into the sunset. In Live+Same Day, Season 14 is now averaging a 0.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 4.7 million viewers per episode, though those numbers have typically risen noticeably in delayed viewing. ABC Studios produces in association with CBS Television Studios.

Added Messer, "In some ways, the series has always felt like the little engine that could ..."

"That journey has changed a lot from the early days on the show because I wouldn't have anticipated all the changes that've happened".